5 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2012 3:47 PM by John Galt
miguelfromturnersville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

ive noticed that my computer has significantly slowed down from the speeds it had when first purchased.. i was wandering what the best way to speed up my computer would be.. should i upgrade my ram and if i do whats the best options for this... factory reset (to get rid of all the useless stuff and reload everything i still use).. Any imput is greatly appreciated.

 

Processor: 2.26 GHz Intel Core Duo 2

Memory: @ GB 1067 MHz DDR3

Version: 10.7.4


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (41,045 points)

    Memory: @ GB 1067 MHz DDR3

     

    I think you meant to type 2 GB memory. You would likely realize a performance improvement by buying more. Your MBP ought to be able to address at least 4 GB.

     

    Buy memory from Crucial or OWC / MacSales. Crucial has a utility you can download that examines your system and recommends upgrade options. You don't have to buy the memory from them, but those are the two most highly recommended vendors.

     

    Completely erasing your computer and reconfiguring it as new is probably unnecessary.

     

    Read this to determine if you would benefit by adding more memory: Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory and determine how much RAM is being used

     

     

    Page ins: / Page outs:

     

    This refers to the amount of information moved between RAM and the Mac's drive. This number is a cumulative amount of data that Mac OS X has moved between RAM and the Mac's drive. Note: The number inside the brackets shows recent page activity.

     

    Tip: Page outs occur when the Mac has to write information from RAM to the hard drive (because RAM is full).  Adding more RAM may reduce page outs.

  • miguelfromturnersville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    yeah sorry i meant to type "2".. As far as the memory upgrade, is it something that can be easily done myself or would i need to take it somewhere to be "professionally" done? and thanks, checking out the sites now

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,310 points)

    1: Revert to Snow Leopard with a Zero Erase of the boot drive

     

    2: Keep your boot drive below 50% filled, on the first 50%

     

    3: Firefox with the broadband tweaks (if you have broadband)

     

    4: Wireless N on 20Mp/s or greater

     

    5: Ad Block Plus and other garbage blockers

     

    6: OnyX chace cleaning once in a awhile

     

    How to revert your Mac to Snow Leopard

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,355 points)

    miguelfromturnersville wrote:

     

    yeah sorry i meant to type "2".. As far as the memory upgrade, is it something that can be easily done myself or would i need to take it somewhere to be "professionally" done? and thanks, checking out the sites now

    Replacing Ram is simple, you can do it yourself.

     

    Do not use Onyx.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,310 points)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Do not use Onyx.

     

    Why not?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,355 points)

    I just got finished with yet another poster who downloaded Onyx because he thought it might fix things, now he can't boot at all.

     

    See below .....

     

    May 17, 2012 2:04 PM

     

     

    Hi all! Panic in the house. My macbook pro was running slow, very very slow, so I downloaded Onyx and run it through. A message came up saying that my boot disk was full and needed the original cd (which I do not have on me) to run it again. I switched off the computer. When I went back to it, the computer asked me for my password (I have NEVER opened my computer with a password) and once opened, the main page comes up, but the finder just goes round and round. Nothing works, the finder I cannot force, and to switch off the computer I have to use the commands. What's wrong??????

     

    Thanks a mill!

     

    Alex

    MacBook Pro

     

     

    Don't use Onyx or Cocktail or any other 3rd party software, OSX has the tools that are needed.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (41,045 points)

    ... As far as the memory upgrade, is it something that can be easily done myself or would i need to take it somewhere to be "professionally" done?

     

    It's an easy DIY job: MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory